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Levi Leipheimer to OmegaPharma-QuickStep

After months of speculation, it is now confirmed that Levi Leipheimer is joining Patrick Lefevere’s new super-team OmegaPharma-QuickStep. Despite a  poor performance at the Tour de France this year, Leipheimer had a solid year with wins at the Tour de Suisse, USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado, the Tour of Utah, and a stage and … Continue reading

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Monday Musette – Vuelta, Canada, L’Avenir, Cyclocross, Etc.

Here’s this week’s Monday Musette: 1. The 2011 Vuelta wrapped-up this weekend with Geox-TMC’s Juan José Cobo taking the overall title over Team Sky’s Christian Froome and Bradley Wiggins (now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d be typing). Cobo’s win was anything but expected—the 30-year-old professional has bounced around for several seasons, enjoying his … Continue reading

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Vuelta: Worlds Preparation Gone Awry

This Vuelta appears to have been anything but a good warm-up and form-check for the upcoming pancake-flat Worlds. While the use of statistics is severely limited in cycling, the form requirements for major races lend them well to certain preparation. Last year, Jeremy took a look at the previous ten years of World Championship victories, … Continue reading

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Discuss: Cavendish Abandons the Vuelta

The big news from this morning’s Stage 4 of the Vuelta is the abandon of HTC’s Mark Cavendish. Apparently he was suffering a bit too hard to go on – yesterday’s tweet hinted as much but Cavendish is no stranger to riding himself in shape over the first few days of a Grand Tour. There … Continue reading

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Monday Musette: Vuelta, Vattenfall, and Crit Victory

This weekend saw four notable races – the first two stages of the Vuelta a España as well as Sunday’s Vattenfall Cyclassics and the USA Pro Criterium National Championships. 1. The Vuelta’s opening Team Time Trial turned out to be a bit harder than it looked on paper, with an early climb of about 200m … Continue reading

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Weekend Preview: The Vuelta Begins

The Vuelta a España begins on Saturday. Like last year, it opens with a short and sweet Team Time Trial – 13.5 kilometers through Benidorm. This opening TTT is not where the race can be won, but it can be lost for a GC contender if his team’s performance puts him behind the 8-ball too … Continue reading

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